Spirited Grape's approach to wine education is not simply learning about wine but fostering an understanding of the industry.
Brenda Audino, DipWSET, CWE, SGD, IWP
Brenda Audino, the founder and Chief Education Officer of Spirited Grape, is passionate about wine and shares this passion by educating, writing and consulting for the wine industry. She holds the Diploma in Wine and Spirits (DipWSET), the highest certification from the London based Wine & Spirit Education Trust, is a Certified Wine Educator (CWE) from the Society of Wine Educators, holds the Sommelier Diploma (SGD) from the International Sommelier Guild and Italian Wine Professional (IWP) certification with Italian Wine Central.
Brenda brings over 15 years of wine experience to the wine education arena ranging from retail experience as the corporate wine manager and education director for a large retail chain to managing distribution channels and building brands for small boutique wineries.
Brenda specializes in Pacific Northwest Wines, Bordeaux, Champagne and Sparkling Wines.
Brenda enjoys traveling and has been to the wine regions of France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Australia as well as most of the major wine producing areas in the United States. She shares these travel journeys through pictures and stories in her classes.
Aubrie Talarico, DipWSET
Aubrie Talarico is a recent graduate of WSET and now holds the Diploma in WSET (DipWSET), Vice President of the Rhode Island Sommelier Society and an avid wine enthusiast from an early age. While living and working in Italy, she was inspired by friends who were Italian sommeliers and realized that her passion for wine was her true calling. Aubrie completed WSET Levels 1 and 2 in Tuscany and was awarded the WSET 3 Advanced Level Certificate with Merit in London. After working in wine, tourism, and education for the better part of a decade, Aubrie moved to Providence in 2014. In addition to enjoying her role as the manager and buyer for a boutique wines and spirits shop in the heart of downtown Providence, Aubrie is excited to join the ranks of inspiring Wine Educators.